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Old November 10, 2007, 05:48 AM   #1
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Rifle: FAL with 16.5" barrel, gas setting '3' for 1980 South African

Lake City once fired brass

40gr IMR 4895 powder

CCI #34 primers

Hornady 150gr FMJ boat-tail bullets

OAL 2.700"

The Lyman reloading manual suggests 40gr 4895 to start. Should I reduce powder by 10% given the Lake City Nato brass, as well as another % for the magnum primer?

I am looking for a safe mid range load.

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Old November 11, 2007, 01:56 AM   #2
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That's what I would do.

If you have access to a chronograph, chrony some of the 1980 SA surplus. Then tune your handload to match its velocity.
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